Mayor’s Reading Initiative Program

Mayor Chuck Allen presents $1,000 Mayor’s Reading Initiative Program check to Charlenna Bennett-Carter, principal of North Drive Elementary School. The donation will support the literacy and reading needs of students.

The principal of North Drive Elementary School was presented with a $1,000 grant designed to support the literacy and reading needs of students.

Mayor Chuck Allen recently presented Principal Charlenna Bennett-Carter with the Mayor’s Reading Initiative Program grant that is earmarked for use during the 2019-20 school year. The funding will become available after the principal submits a proposal that outlines a quest to promote learning and literacy to help students reach their potential, city officials said.

The donation is funded through the Community Development Block Grant.

“Mrs. Bennett-Carter has gone above and beyond the duties of a principal for the students, most of them from less fortunate homes within our city,” Allen said. “She has sponsored field trips, bicycle giveaways during Christmas, and has developed community initiatives to further support the students and their families.

“She has been a champion of diversity and cultivating the wonder of reading in the students.”

In 2017, North Drive Elementary School received funding through the Mayor’s Reading Initiative Program for a project to provide each of the 700 students at the school with a gift-wrapped book for Christmas. Bennett-Carter has been the principal of the school, located at 1108 North Drive, for more than 10 years, city officials said.